iPhone 12 Pro Max benchmark suggests its performance might be disappointing

iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro Max might not be much speedier than its predecessor (above) (Image credit: TechRadar)

iPhones always score high in benchmarks - which serve as a test of a phone’s power. Usually, Apple’s phones perform better in these tests than even top-end Android handsets, but the iPhone 12 range might be an exception.

That’s because an early iPhone 12 Pro Max benchmark has seemingly appeared on AnTuTu, as spotted by leaker @UniverseIce, and its scores are lower than those achieved by phones running the Snapdragon 865 Plus (which is the top-end chipset used in Android devices, such as the US version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra).

Not only that, but its overall score is only around 9% higher than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. That’s despite the iPhone 12 Pro Max having a new chipset, believed to be the A14 Bionic, which Apple recently unveiled alongside the iPad Air 4.

There are a few things to note here. First of all, pre-release benchmarks aren’t always representative, as they can be run on unfinished devices. There’s also the possibility that this benchmark has been faked in some way.

Plus, in reply to @UniverseIce’s tweet, Ishan Agarwal (another leaker) noted that iPhones don’t tend to perform as well in AnTuTu as some other benchmarks (such as Geekbench), so that could go some way to explaining the lower scores than the Snapdragon 865 Plus, but doesn’t help when comparing it to the iPhone 11 range.

@UniverseIce suggested that the surprisingly low scores could be down to the new A14 Bionic chipset focusing on reducing power consumption and heat, as well as improving AI performance, rather than bringing big boosts to power.

Whatever the case, the bad news doesn’t end there, as Digital Chat Station (yet another leaker) claimed that the fact that the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s UX (user experience) score is almost identical to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s indicates that the refresh rate is still just 60Hz.

That’s in line with other recent rumors, but for a while there were suggestions that Apple could push it up to 120Hz, bringing it in line with Android rivals. So that’s now looking very unlikely.

It’s worth noting that even if this benchmark does prove accurate, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is sure to be a very powerful handset, it just might not be the most powerful of the year. We should find out before too long, as Apple is likely to unveil the iPhone 12 range sometime in October.

Via Phone Arena

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.